Campus Scoop with Mike Yam at Washington
With the Oregon portion of the training camp tour complete, Mike Yam headed north to visit the Huskies at Washington. Former UW star Lincoln Kennedy and Yogi Roth tagged along to see how head coach Chris Petersen’s offense is progressing. After a brief rain delay, Yam gave us his take on the day’s discoveries:
Did the weather create any problems today?
The weather was at times not cooperating. When we arrived, it was gorgeous. It was one of the first times I thought I might actually need sunscreen. I put my sunscreen on, and about ten minutes later, the clouds started rolling in. There was some thunder and a little lightning. The players decided to head indoors for the rest of practice and fairly quickly after the rain started coming down, it cleared up. It only rained for about 15 to 20 minutes. We were a little concerned from a production standpoint because our cameras were getting wet and our equipment needed to be moved. But the sun ended up coming out, and there were really no issues.
What was it like to witness Lincoln Kennedy’s homecoming?
Lincoln is a popular man in Seattle. There were a lot of former players there, and we had Lawyer Milloy, who was the guy that Lincoln passed the torch to when he graduated. It was cool to see those guys reminisce and tell stories. Lawyer was on a show with us and told some stories about how he played baseball against Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek and Jay Payton. The UW team actually lost to Georgia Tech in the College World Series regional finals. It was cool to hear about the athleticism of a former UW athlete.
Everyone loves Lincoln. It was great to see the warm reception he was getting from not only the staff there but a lot of the players. Even a few people who worked at the school were walking by and saying, “Hey, there’s Lincoln Kennedy!” We see it a lot of times with some of our other guys like Aliotti when he’s at Oregon, and I know we’re going to see it throughout our training camp tour as we move forward.
How would you describe the way Petersen runs camp?
Methodical. Detail-oriented. Those are two ways to describe a Chris Petersen practice. We saw it last year during training camp, and we’re seeing it again this year. Just like the other stops that we’ve had so far, the quarterback play is at the center of attention. I think a lot of people are going to be looking at Jeff Lindquist and KJ Carta-Samuels. We had Lindquist on set with us. It’s not the first time he has had to compete for the starting job. Last year, he didn’t win it because Cyler Miles stepped up. Jeff is one of the nicest kids in the conference. He’s a special performer, and a lot of people are focusing in on him as the potential starter because he’s an upperclassman and he does have some experience. It will be interesting to see if he is able to win this job in a Chris Petersen offense.
Did any of the analysts have their football skills put to the test today?
Yogi did this drill with Dante Pettis and Jayden Mickens, who are the wide receivers. They were tossing eggs in the air. It was a competition to see who had the softest hands, and it was a lot of fun. The eggs actually weren’t breaking even though they were launching them 30 to 40 feet into the air. If I’m not mistaken, only two eggs broke the entire time, which is pretty impressive.
Follow Yam during his last nine stops on the football training camp tour at the Pac-12 Networks Insider Blog.